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LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST
BY GIACOMO PUCCINI
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER'S ROSE THEATER
September 6, 8, 10 and 12, 2017
Considered by Puccini himself to be among his finest works, the brilliant orchestration and lyricism of La Fanciulla del West animate the passion and adventure of the California Gold Rush. The opera had its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 1910 and has long been a favorite of New York audiences. City Opera's new production of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West will be directed by Ivan Stefanutti and conducted by James Meena. The production is an international collaboration between the Teatro di Giglio in Lucca, Italy, the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Sardinia, and Opera Carolina.
Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
NEW YORK PREMIERE
Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
BY JOSE 'PEPE' MARTINEZ
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER'S ROSE THEATER
January 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2018
City Opera's new production of Jose 'Pepe' Martinez's Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon) in January 2018 will mark the work's New York premiere. With a libretto in Spanish and English by Leonard Foglia and the composer, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna will be the third installment in City Opera's Ópera en Español series. The world's first mariachi opera, this timely story of an immigrant family divided by the U.S./Mexican border has earned raves from critics and audiences worldwide. Leonard Foglia will direct the production at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater.
L'AMORE DEI TRE RE
L'AMORE DEI TRE RE
BY ITALO MONTEMEZZI
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater
April 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2018
Set in the Middle Ages, the Italianate melodrama of Italo Montemezzi's 1913 masterwork is fueled by a lush score influenced by Wagner and Debussy. The opera was frequently performed at the Metropolitan Opera before World War II. In 1982, New York City Opera presented the first staged performances of the opera since 1949, starring American bass Samuel Ramey. City Opera's new production of L'Amore dei Tre Re (The Love of Three Kings), conducted by Pacien Mazzagatti and directed by Paul Curran, will be the first time the opera has been heard in New York City in over a decade.
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
NEW PRODUCTION - U.S. PREMIERE
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
BY CHARLES WUORINEN
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater
May 31 and June 2, 3 and 4, 2018
After successful premieres in Europe, this intrinsically American work exploring conflict between love and identity finally debuts in the U.S. Inspired by the 2005 film directed by Ang Lee, American composer Charles Wuorinen approached Annie Proulx to adapt her story into the libretto for Brokeback Mountain. The work was originally commissioned by New York City Opera in 2008 but ultimately premiered at Madrid's Teatro Real in 2014. This production, conducted by American conductor Kazem Abdullah, will be the opera's U.S. premiere. Following City Opera's production of the New York premiere of Eötvös’s Angels in America in June 2017, Brokeback Mountain will be the second effort in the company's initiative to celebrate LGBT Pride.
IL PIGMALIONE </br><small>BY GAETANO DONIZETTI</small><br/>PIGMALION </br><small>BY JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU</small>
NEW PRODUCTION DOUBLE BILL - NEW YORK PREMIERE OF DONIZETTI'S FIRST OPERA
IL PIGMALIONE
BY GAETANO DONIZETTI
PIGMALION
BY JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU
Harlem Stage
March 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2018
The myth of Pygmalion, the artist who begs Venus to animate his sculpture of the ideal female form, inspired both Donizetti's first opera and one of Rameau's most revered masterworks. For the first time in New York, these one-act gems of are brought together in the same program.
DOLORES CLAIBORNE
NEW CHAMBER ADAPTATION
NEW YORK PREMIERE
DOLORES CLAIBORNE
BY TOBIAS PICKER
59E59 Theaters
October 22, 24, 26, 28 and 29, 2017
Hailed at its premiere by Opera News as 'a significant new work... a triumph for all concerned,' the impact of Stephen King's psychodrama is heightened in this intimate, new adaptation of Tobias Picker's opera. New York City Opera Principal Conductor Pacien Mazzagatti leads the production in October 2017.
Dominick Argento's 90th Birthday
FALL CONCERT:
Dominick Argento's 90th Birthday
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Thursday, November 9, 2017
New York City Opera will celebrate the 90th Birthday of American composer Dominick Argento with a concert in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall featuring the New York City Opera Orchestra on November 9, 2017. The composer of fourteen operas and numerous song cycles, choral pieces, and orchestral works, Argento has been one of America's leading composers for over six decades. The concert will include performances of two one-act operas: Miss Havisham's Wedding Night, adapted from his 1977 opera, Miss Havisham's Fire, which was commissioned by New York City Opera, and A Water Bird Talk, adapted from Chekhov's play On the Harmfulness of Tobacco and John James Audubon's Birds of America.
Anna Caterina Antonacci
WINTER CONCERT:
Anna Caterina Antonacci
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
City Opera presents the great Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci in her only U.S. appearance of the season in a recital with pianist Donald Sulzen at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on February 20, 2018. Ms. Antonacci is recognized as one of today's leading singing actresses with a repertoire that includes some of opera's most challenging roles including Cassandre in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Dulcinée in Massenet's Don Quichotte the title roles in Cherubini's Medea, Glück's Armide and Iphigènie en Tauride, and Bizet's Carmen.
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